The ArtHaus Board

The Germantown ArtHaus is sponsored by The Artist Bank, a Philadelphia-based arts & education non-profit (FEIN #84-2734758) and is led by a Board of Directors from a diverse array of creative and professional backgrounds. Our philosophy is a combination of the Kwanzaa principle  Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility and the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

Keisha Whatley

Keisha Whatley

Founder & Board President

“I am going to make everything around me beautiful; that will be my life.” This quote expresses Keisha’s mission in life:  to make everything around her beautiful. The Germantown ArtHaus is the most recent expression of this mission.

Raised in West Philadelphia, Keisha is a proud High School for the Creative and Performing Arts alumni. At a very young age, Keisha excelled at drawing and painting and went on to study at Parsons School of Design (NY), The School of Visual Arts (NY) and The Art Institute of Philadelphia (PA).  She started Custom Arts Studio, LLC, a full-service visual arts business, in 2014. 

Her accomplishments include:

  • Over 15 years education & program administration experience
  • Specialty in arts, career exposure, and STEAM* Programming
  • Served as Director of a college access program for underserved youth
  • Served as Program Manager for multiple STEAM in-school and out-of-school time programs 

Her work is a part of the permanent collections of The Please Touch Museum, The Black Writers Museum and The Colored Girls Museum, and has also been exhibited at The Barnes Foundation Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway.  A Small Business  Spotlight on QVC and The Home Shopping Network are some of her most recent achievements.
*Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

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Leah Turner

Leah Turner

Treasurer

Leah Turner is a self-taught multi-medium artist. Her abstract artwork that incorporates materials like clay, lights, and broken glass, producing 3D and lighting effects. In 2017, Leah became the published author of a fictional novel – 9 Stop. She is widely known for Meiko Beads LLC, a unique beaded jewelery company (meikobeads.com). Her most recent project is a digital collection available for purchase as NFTs.  When she saw the open call for artists on the Founder’s social media page, she jumped at the opportunity to be a mural artist in the Transforming Tragedy mural project. Her passion for the project has extended to Board membership and serving as Treasurer. She is honored to serve an organization significant to the Germantown community for artists, nurturing the gift of art in youth, providing networking/internship opportunities for young adults, creating a safe place to have fun, and being a pillar of positivity that is needed in the city of Philadelphia.
Eleena de Lisser

Eleena de Lisser

Board Member | Community Building

Eleena de Lisser is a Director of Marketing Communications at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, Eleena is a creative strategist and problem solver who brings a keen business insight, communications expertise and experience as a marketer to her role on the Artist Bank Board and Germantown ArtHaus Advisory Council. A previous resident of Germantown for 10 years, Eleena supports Germantown ArtHaus because she believes in the transformative power of art to inspire and uplift people and communities.

Peter Breslow

Peter Breslow

Board Member | Community Building

Peter Breslow is obsessed with creating buzz. He’s been professionally pursuing buzz since 1990 when he launched a Philadelphia-based craft brewery, and has since led the PR and branding efforts for a host of professionals, star chefs, restaurateurs, real estate developers, retail entrepreneurs, fashion designers, hotels, conference centers, shopping centers and a billion dollar casino.

Having secured news coverage for his clients in the top tier of the world’s media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, People, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, CNN, Food Network, Travel Channel, Saturday Night Live and ESPN, Breslow’s accomplishments, along with his high energy and affable personality make him a one-of-a-kind maverick in the world of PR and marketing. One could say that Peter Breslow has ignited serious buzz about himself while generating a tremendous amount of attention for his clients over the past 3+ decades.

Nik Greenblatt

Nik Greenblatt

Board Member | Creative Fundraising

A former sponsored snowboarder with a passion for action sports such as surfing and snowboarding, Nik channels his creativity into building Defy an award-winning strategic branding agency that specializes in bridging national and international brands with consumers through creative solutions that connect across all media. Nik creates a desire for global brands by drawing consumers into the brand experience and making them a part of the conversation resulting in increases to sales, market share and customer engagement.

Dori Desautel Broudy

Dori Desautel Broudy

Board Member | Creative Fundraising

Philadelphia artist, former lawyer, and founder of the Gallery of Good®, Dori focuses on works celebratory of friendship, unity, and peace, all designed and created within the USA and with a charitable component as well. A New England girl-turned proud Philadelphian, Dori and her husband of 14 years have three children (Charlotte, London Elizabeth and Penn) and two canine kiddos (Pepper and Delta).

ARTHAUS COMMUNITY ADVISORS

The ArtHaus Community Advisory Council is comprised of community members committed to the ArtHaus mission who want to support its manifestation & do their part to ensure its success. The Advisory Council meets virtually quarterly. Wouild you like to join? Contact us today!

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews

Vanessa Chandler

Vanessa Chandler

Paige Elizabeth

Paige Elizabeth

Marelisa Gibson

Marelisa Gibson

Lena Vanier

Lena Vanier

Emilee Taylor

Emilee Taylor

Keshida Layone

Keshida Layone

Chelsey Luster

Chelsey Luster

Andrea Silver

Andrea Silver